Guest Mix: Divine Interface
I really find it hard to express my admiration for Drew Biggs’ incredible sense for aesthetic. From the way that he carefully selects images for his pieces to the sounds of the pieces themselves, to the time he takes in between releasing his tracks holds aesthetic value in my eyes. He can do no wrong.
Divine Interface is known for his cold sombre chord progressions and crying R&B vocal samples, underneath which he brews up thumping deep dance elements drawing from the likes of deep house and UK bass music. He recently released his latest stunning piece “Fool Me Pt. 2″ which can be heard over at his SoundCloud.
I recently asked him to make a mix for Portals and by the next day I already had this in my inbox, including a fresh new cut from Divine Interface as the opening track. I clumsily asked him a few questions on it and on his music in general:
First of all, maybe a few words about the mix and the artists on it?
This mix is sort of my ode to making mix cds for girls when i was younger. haha Every song has its own special message
I can tell there is a mix of new and old pieces on this mix. Do you listen to new stuff and think of something that it reminds you of and add it?
Music is all tied together and I love to show how its all connnected. “Slick partna” (last song) is the perfect example of how in the 90s, So So Def would put out tracks that were very romantic but still dance floor ready. “Spoons” is also perfect example of how thats still going on today.
I’m really loving your new track in the opening of this mix. I feel your later pieces have contained a few aspects of deep house, garage and some footwork. Do you envision people dancing to your music?
I draw alot of elements of dance music into my tunes. I’ve been DJing and going to see alot of DJs this year , and club music has had a really big impact on me. I do see people dancing to my music but I also see it as music that you play after you leave a party or a club. I feel like people will hear that directly with “Hide Me”(first song on the mix). #AfterHoursMusic haha
In your latest release, “Foolish Pt.2,” I noticed that the image for it is from the film Heartbeats. Did you have this film in mind when making foolish pt. 2? Do you often use visual stimulation like cinema when making music?
Heartbeats was a such a great film. I actually thought about that photo after I made “Fool Me Pt. 2″ was done. That particular scene is so bitter sweet and it fits with the song. Cinema plays a huge part in the creative process for me, but not just from a visual stand point. I love how certain stories can be told and how certain dialogue is delivered, and instead of just sampling it, I try to recreate it.
Divine Interface — “Hide me” (exclusive)
Michael Imperial — “Nicole”
Rudimental — “Spoons FT MNEK and Syron”
Crypt —”What you Asked For”
Lando Kal — “Rhythm Sektion”
Mosis — “Bent(outtashape)”
Dauwd — “Whats There (Fort Romeau remix)”
Coni — “Crush”
Cc_ — ”Ubay”
Groove Theory — ”tell me (George Fitzgerald remix)”
Zhane – Sending — ”My Love (DJ K MILLZ Edit)”
Virgo — “Slick Partna”